Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd., signed a partnership agreement with award-winning company va-Q-tec, a leader in passive closed cold chain container solutions within a global service network. The additional offering of va-Q-tec’s advanced passive solution containers within its portfolio will support pharmaceutical manufacturers and forwarders to ship their temperature sensitive goods within the global network of Swiss WorldCargo through direct airline rentals, cost-efficiently and with the highest quality standards.

After the signing ceremony at the SWISS headquarters in Zurich on the 18th of April, Dominic Hyde, managing director va-Q-tec Limited, says: "va-Q-tec has been requested by pharma customers to establish a partnership with Swiss WorldCargo to enable direct container rentals. Many pharma shippers and forwarders see the cargo division of SWISS as a strategic partner for reliably transporting pharmaceuticals and they want the simplicity of ordering the va-Q-tainer containers through the airline directly. Today we have made this step and we look forward to a successful cooperation with Swiss WorldCargo on a global basis".

"With va-Q-tec’s cutting edge containers we welcome the opportunity to offer a more complete, value-added passive solution set to our pharma and healthcare client base worldwide," remarks Ashwin Bhat, head of cargo at SWISS. "As a specialist and global leader in the air transportation of high-value and care-intensive shipments, we are excited about the partnership agreement with a leading supplier like va-Q-tec, sharing similar values and reputation for quality and operational excellence."

va-Q-tec offers a unique advanced passive solution portfolio with five hard shell container sizes, taking up to two pallets inside, and temperatures ranges from -70°C to +25°C. Within the ‘Load & Go’ rental concept, va-Q-tec containers reach their customers fully temperature preconditioned and ready to be loaded for one way rental shipments over five days or more on global lanes. va-Q-tec upholds highest quality assurance measures before and after every shipment which have made the company become the frontrunner in innovative and reliable cold chain packaging solutions.

The global product launch will take place in June 2016 with Swiss WorldCargo and va-Q-tec continuing to serve existing customers in the meantime.

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